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Employment Opportunities

Since its founding in 1985, The Washington Institute has served as a training ground for future policymakers in both Democratic and Republican administrations. During its quarter-century history, an impressive array of talented scholars has been associated with the Institute. They have gone on to join government and help shape American foreign policy in the Middle East. At the same time, upon completion of their public service, some of the best minds from government are attracted to the Institute. This exchange of ideas and people with the executive branch is very much a part of The Washington Institute's effectiveness.

“The Institute has become a reservoir of talent.”

– Secretary of State Warren Christopher

The Institute's prestigious intern and research assistant programs also provide a pathway for college graduates and graduate students to begin the transformation from young scholar to promising analyst and future policymaker. The Institute is proud of its interns and research assistants -- many of whom go on to serve in government and make their own contributions in the policy world.

Current employment opportunities include

The Washington Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Soref Fellow

The Soref fellowship is a one-year research position with full stipend. The fellowship is designed for individuals who have already earned a master's or doctoral degree in U.S. foreign policy or Middle East studies and plan to pursue a career in government, journalism, research, or academia. Soref fellows conduct independent research and acquire first-hand knowledge of U.S. Middle East policymaking. Scholars are asked to contribute written analyses to the Institute's PeaceWatch/PolicyWatch series, while larger research projects may be published as monographs by The Washington Institute.

Application should include professional biography, references, writing sample of scholarly work (e.g., dissertation chapter), policy-writing sample if available (e.g., op-ed), and research proposal. The latter should not exceed 600 words and should highlight both why the topic is of importance to U.S. policymakers, and why the applicant is well qualified to address the topic.
Interested applicants should send a resume and writing sample to:

Dr. Patrick Clawson, Director of Research
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

No phone calls please.

Decisions are typically made in late spring. Applications submitted by June 1 are much preferred.

Research Assistant

The Washington Institute offers a number of research assistantships to college graduates with an interest and background in Middle East affairs. Research assistants support senior scholars and visiting research fellows, participate in The Washington Institute's weekly Policy Forum luncheons, and contribute to the daily operations of the office. Some assistants publish their work as part of the Institute's Research Notes series. Candidates with near-native fluency in Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish receive strong consideration. Research assistantships are full-time, year-long paid positions with benefits beginning in June of each year.

This position is designed for applicants who have obtained their bachelor's degree only. Qualified, graduate-level applicants are encouraged to apply for the Soref fellowship. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email (please include the phrase "Research Assistant Application" in the subject line) or by post to:

Eric Trager, RA/Intern Program Coordinator
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

No phone calls please.

Applications for 2015-2016 Research Assistant positions are due on February 13, 2015.

Research Intern

Full-time and part-time research internships at The Washington Institute are open to current undergraduates as well as recent graduates with a bachelor's degree. Interns provide research and administrative support to Institute staff. Internships are unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email (please include the phrase "Internship Application" in the subject line) or by post to:

Eric Trager, RA/Intern Program Coordinator
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

Please include your availability in your cover letter. State whether you are available full time, and when you are available to start. Note that while the Institute prefers applicants who can work full time, we occasionally have room for part-time interns.

No phone calls please.

Application deadlines for internship terms:

  • Fall (September to December): July 11
  • Winter/Spring (January to May): November 1
  • Summer (June to August): April 1

West Coast Regional Director of Development

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is currently seeking an experienced development officer on the west coast with a passion for fundraising and an impressive track record.  The successful candidate must be dynamic, articulate, and a consummate team player.

The West Coast Regional Director of Development is an integral contributor to a sophisticated development strategy that supports the Institute’s mission to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American foreign policy interests in the Middle East and promotes the policies that secure them. Institute staff -- renowned experts drawn from academia, government, intelligence, and the military -- provides cutting-edge research which is widely read by key policymakers in Washington, DC, the intelligence and military communities and cited extensively by the media.

The Regional Director of Development is responsible for outreach to and stewardship of a sophisticated target audience of donors and prospects through the use of briefings by senior Institute scholars, outreach to foundations, face-to-face solicitations, and events. In addition, this individual will assist with the full range of development activities, such as foundation research, conferences, and special events, as well as other duties as assigned. The regional director will interact closely with all Institute staff in our Washington, D.C. office and our U.S. regional centers.


  • Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of development experience with non-profit organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area and at least 10 years of development experience in the United States.
  • Candidates should have an excellent track record with notable achievements and a general understanding of U.S. policy toward the Middle East and the ability to understand and communicate the Institute’s policy prescriptions with clarity and certainty.
  • Working in a fast-paced setting, the candidate must be very organized, poised, pro-active, and detail-oriented.
  • Competency with Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office suite of programs is preferred.

The Regional Director of Development will report to the National Director of Development, who is based in our Washington, D.C. office.

The Washington Institute offers its full-time employees  a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuting benefits, flexible spending accounts, ample paid time off, and retirement savings program. Learn more about us at

To apply, submityour cover letter, including salary requirement, and your resume here.

No phone calls or emails, please.